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The Provence region of south-eastern France, on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea, remains distinct from the nation it has been a part of for half a millennium. With their own cultural and linguistic identity, the Provençal people are hugely proud of the region and their heritage. 


Locally known as Oporto (translating to The Port in the native tongue); Portugal’s second city was the birthplace of the nation, growing from a tiny settlement around the water mouth. First settled by the Celtics around 300BC, Porto remains one of Europe’s oldest cities – with the historic centre recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.


Upon arriving in a new destination, there are very few first-day activities which are more satisfying than putting foot to cobble and exploring the streets, experiencing the culture and meeting the locals. Charming, criss-crossing streets provide the very backbone for some of Europe’s most beautiful cities and towns, exuding the character and joie de vivre upon which the settlements have been laid. 


Europe is rennowed for its exquisite cuisine, so we've detailed nine of the most delicious foods that you are lucky enough to have on your doorstep. From famous Belgian Chocolate to lesser known treats, you'll want to seek out these local delacacies after reading our top tips. 


Europe is known for holding most of the bike friendly cities, find out which are at the top of the lists in this cool infographic!


With age-old landmarks and incredible cultural experiences, it's easy to see how millions are attracted to discovering Europe's waterways year after year.


It's looking already like another popular year for European tourism, with many countries publishing positive results relating to the first quarter of the year.

The Bucharest Half Marathon is all set to feature this coming weekend, serving as a fantastic example of the wide variety of events which can be enjoyed in the Romanian capital throughout the year.
The city of Bratislava is looking to further develop its appeal for classical tourism, with the recent launch of a brand new website hoping to lure more people than ever to the Slovakian capital.
The Culture Minister has indicated his wish to rename one of the oldest theatres in Prague, a move which could lead to further growth in tourism.
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